2010 - 2017

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer [2017] ★★★

In an era of remakes and cash-in sequels, it’s good to see filmmakers still taking risks with movies that keep their distance from the multiplex formula. I’m talking about  Yorgos Lanthimos, the genius behind “The Lobster“. If you’ve seen that movie, you know he’s a director who doesn’t play by the rules. Then again so did Stanley Kubrick, and he’s one of the brightest jewels in cinema history. In channeling Kubrick (and, correct me if I’m wrong, Carl Theodor Dreyer), Lanthimos may just have crafted one of his most ambitious films yet: a dark, twisted modern Greek tragedy that hits you right between the eyes. Colin Farrell immerses himself completely to a complex role and leaves you shattered. He plays a surgeon and a family man who also happens to hang out with Martin, the 16- year-old son of one of his former patients. Why? That’s the mystery at the core of Lanthimos’ mesmerizing film. It’s difficult to talk about the story without revealing key plot points, so that’s all I’m going to say, the better to let you get lost in its dark poetry and intriguing mystery. Lanthimos isn’t interested in satisfying a mainstream audience, but his film is undeniably unique and thought provoking. At the end, you may leave with your head spinning, but “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” will have you talking plenty. It’s one of the year’s most unusual films.

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